Monthly Archives: April 2013

Family to claim Boston bomb suspect's body, uncle says

Relatives of the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it, an uncle said Tuesday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body has been at the medical examiner’s office in Massachusetts since he died after a gunfight with authorities more than a week ago. Amato DeLuca, the Rhode Island attorney for his widow, Katherine Russell, said in a statement Tuesday that his client had just learned that the medical examiner was ready to release Tsarnaev’s body and that she wants it released to the Tsarnaev family. Police said Tsarnaev ran out of ammunition before his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene. His cause of death has been determined but will not be made public until his remains are claimed. Continue Reading →

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Costs for idling California nuclear plant soar above $550M

Costs tied to the idling of California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant have climbed to $553 million, while the majority owner raised the possibility Tuesday of retiring the plant if it can’t get one reactor running later this year. The plant between San Diego and Los Angeles has not produced electricity since January 2012, when a tiny radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water. Edison International — the parent company of operator Southern California Edison — reported Tuesday that $109 million has been spent through March 31 on repairs and inspections, while $444 million was needed for replacement power. SCE has asked federal regulators for permission to restart the Unit 2 reactor and run it for a five-month test period. Without that approval, Chairman Ted Craver told Wall Street analysts in a conference call that a decision on whether to retire one, or both, reactors might be made this year. Continue Reading →

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Oregon death row inmate pushes for prisoners to be accepted as organ donors

An Oregon inmate who was convicted of killing his wife and children in 2001 is pushing for inmates’ organ and tissues donations to be included on national registries, KPTV.com reported. Christian Longo founded G.A.V.E. and told Fox 12 in 2011 that he will stop appealing his death sentence if he is allowed to donate his organs. Longo is still pushing for his cause. A G.A.V.E. press release Tuesday said prisoners are not “looking for notoriety.” “They would simply like to give the gift of life to those who will die without it,” the statement said. Continue Reading →

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Boston bombing suspect's widow wants body released

The widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects will ask the Massachusetts medical examiner to release his body to his family, her attorney said Tuesday. Attorney Amato DeLuca said in a statement that Katherine Russell wants Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s remains released to the Tsarnaev family. Tsarnaev, 26, died after a gunfight with authorities. Police said he ran out of ammunition before his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene. Authorities say the medical examiner has determined the cause of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s death but it will remain private until his remains are released and a death certificate is filed. Continue Reading →

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Police arrest mother of baby abandoned in Hawaii

A day after a woman reported finding an abandoned newborn crying in the sand on a Hawaii beach, police arrested her and revealed she’s the baby’s mother. Keala Simeona, 21, of Honolulu, was arrested Tuesday for filing a false police report. Police don’t expect to pursue additional offenses. She posted $250 bail and was released. She had told police she was parked at Sandy Beach in east Honolulu sometime between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and midnight when she heard several people screaming. Continue Reading →

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Sandy dumped 11B gallons of sewage in waterways

Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut. That’s according to a study by the nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central. It says that’s equivalent to having Central Park covered 41 feet high with sewage. Most of the overflow was due to storm-surge flooding that inundated sewage treatment facilities. The sewage spilled into surrounding waters and even some city streets, most of it in New York City and northern New Jersey. Continue Reading →

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Boston bombing suspect's family reportedly received $100G from taxpayers

The accused Boston Marathon bombers’ family pulled in more than $100,000 in welfare up until 2012, The Boston Herald reported. The benefits included food stamps, Section 8 housing and stipends, the report said. One person with knowledge of the documents that will be handed over to the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee told the paper, “the breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning.” Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services said earlier that Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s welfare benefits ended in 2012 when his family stopped meeting income eligibility limits. His wife’s attorney claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home, the newspaper reported. Continue Reading →

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Sisters plead not guilty in Calif. swaddling case

Two sisters in Northern California facing charges that they endangered infants’ lives by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets have pleaded not guilty. The Oakland Tribune (http://bit.ly/11T42tt0 ) reports that Nazila and Lida Sharaf entered their pleas Monday in Alameda County Superior Court. The sisters have been released from custody after posting $340,000 bail each. They are each charged with three counts of felony child abuse and neglect and four counts of misdemeanor child abuse and neglect. Authorities say the women wrapped seven babies up like boa constrictors at their Livermore preschool, impairing the children’s ability to move and breathe. Continue Reading →

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Military court reverses suicide attempt conviction

The U.S. military’s highest court has reversed a Marine’s conviction for a suicide attempt. The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces issued the 3-2 split opinion late Monday. It says a military judge shouldn’t have accepted Pvt. Lazzaric Caldwell’s guilty plea in 2010 to a charge of wrongful self-injury without intent to avoid service. Caldwell slit his wrists at Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, after learning of a friend’s death back home in California. Continue Reading →

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US consumer confidence up on better hiring outlook

Americans’ confidence in the economy jumped this month, helped by a better outlook for the job market and expectations for higher pay. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, says its consumer confidence index rose to 68.1 in April. That’s up from a reading of 61.9 in March, which was revised slightly higher. Consumers’ confidence in the economy is watched closely because their spending accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. The April gain in confidence was driven by greater expectations for growth in hiring and income over the next six months. Continue Reading →

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